19 February 2021
Google has announced the new Chrome OS 88 software update for Chromebook users. The new update brings a couple of new features that improve the user experience. The first one makes it easier to sign in to websites and the second one is aimed at users who love personalizing their devices.
All Chromebooks running Chrome OS 88 will receive support for PIN and biometric authentication for signing-into websites. It means users will not have to remember passwords that can pretty long and difficult to remember. It will work on all the websites that support Web Authentication aka WebAuth. Some of the popular supported websites include Okta, Github, and Dropbox. The fingerprint authentication option will work only with those Chromebooks that come with a fingerprint scanner.
The announcement further mentions that users can even use their Chromebook's PIN and biometric authentication for two-factor authentication (2FA) purposes. It will eliminate the need for using third-party apps for procuring security keys to authenticate themselves. This will essentially make this security features a lot more convenient to follow.
The second major update included in Chrome OS 88 is support for personalizing the lock screen. The users will now be able to use any Google Photos albums or choose from over 100 art images provided by Google. It will essentially deliver a smart display-like experience on Chromebook.